Corporate Events

Blackfriars offers an exciting range of party ideas for small groups of six to larger parties of up to 50 people.  What better way to have fun and learn a new skill with friends, colleagues, or clients!  Below are some ideas of what we offer:
 
Cocktail Making:
Have some fun with a bespoke cocktail masterclass from one of our dedicated mixologists. Learn how to make some amazing cocktails from the experts and then get to drink them afterwards - what’s not to like?!! And why not join us for a meal in restaurant afterwards? Perfect for hen parties, birthdays and corporate functions alike. 
£32.50pp including a glass of fizz on arrival, 3 cocktails each plus a few snacks; nuts and crisps. 6-14 guests welcome and can be tailored to suit all tastes. Duration 1½-2 hrs.
 
Pizza and Prosecco Nights:
Relax and have fun at our convivial evening pizza-making social. Our master baker will show you just how easy it is to make blisteringly good home-made sourdough pizzas full of tasty artisan toppings, both super savoury and decadently sweet. Come on your own, with family or friends.
£39pp for a glass of fizz, pizza masterclass and about as much as you can eat. 6-20 guests welcome. Duration 3hrs.
 
Cocktails & Canapes: Cookery school
Enjoy a cocktail masterclass from one of our dedicated mixologists who might invite one of you up to have a go before making one for each of you.
Then turn to the chef who’ll give you a real hands-on canapé-making demonstration of delectable little morsels. By this time the mixologist will have reloaded ready for the 2nd round. And then the third - by which time you’ll be well watered and fed! No wonder they’re so popular! £45 for a cocktail masterclass, three beautiful cocktails to drink, a canapé masterclass. Duration 3 hours. 6-14 guests welcome. 
 
Ready Steady Cook:
This remains one of our most popular cookery class and challenges. Teams make a gastronomic feast with a bag of mystery ingredients and the best team wins! We can accommodate all dietary preferences and needs. Prices start from £45pp to include all food produce, a senior chef to facilitate and judge your end results plus a bottle of fizz for the wining team! Duration 1½-3hrs - depending on time constraints. 8-20 guests welcome. You may like to add lunch or dinner to complete your Ready Steady Cook experience.
 
Beat the Chef:
This popular workshop challenges teams to make a gastronomic feast better than our workshop chef’s own solo creation! And you get to choose the bag of ingredients in this high-pressured, high-stakes, yet hilarious workshop! We can accommodate all dietary preferences and needs. Prices start from £45pp and include all food produce, a competing senior chef plus a bottle of fizz - but only if you win! Duration 1½-3hrs - depending on time constraints. 8-20 guests welcome.
 
Chef’s Table:
Did you know we have an ornate Cookery School facility which hosts bespoke private dining? Well we do and there’s nothing our chefs like more than preparing, cooking and serving a beautiful multi-course dinner right in front of you whilst talking through all the tricks of the trade. We can also match wines with your meal. Prices start from £65pp. We can also match wines with your meal. 6-8 guests welcome – this is perfect for serious foodies and those who like a bit of dining theatre! Wine pairing & cheese course add-ons are available.
 
Wine & Cheese Matching:
Cheese and wine nights may have started as a fad of the seventies but they’re just as popular now as they’ve ever been. Why? Because cheese and wine go together so well! it seems they were just made for each other - and so many perfect parings. Join us for an evening of top drawer cheeses and fabulous wines all perfectly paired. Progress through from lighter to the more robust whilst discussing their merits and searching for those matches made in heaven. Enjoy a glass of fizz on arrival followed by 5 wine and cheese pairings. Oh, and not a pineapple stick or vol-au-vent in sight! £32.50pp. 8-30 guests welcome and can be tailored to suit all tastes. Duration 1½-2hrs.
 
Whey Ale Man - A tasting of local beers:
Interested in local beers and ales and fancy quaffing a few new and unusual ones? We have such a wealth of brewing talent right here on our doorstep so why not try something new? Enjoy a tasting of some of the region's best beers with a bit of home-made sourdough to help soak-up the alcohol and see how the beers behave in their own habitat! Going to see a man about a dog just got a whole lot more interesting! 
£29pp including 8 samples plus snacks, just to see how the beers behave in their natural habitat! 8-30 guests welcome & can be tailored to suit. Duration 1½-2hrs.
 
Come Wine with Me– A beginner’s guide to wine tasting:
Join us for an evening of wine discovery with a selection of top notch wine handpicked by our own sommelier. Learn how to decipher confusing labels as well as the wine’s appearance, a few secrets of the nose (aroma) and its all-important taste. £29pp inc a glass of fizz on arrival, 6 samples & homemade bread to soak-up the alcohol! Duration 1½-2 hrs. 8-30 guests welcome and can be tailored to suit all tastes.
 
Exploring the Restaurant Wine List:
Do you often stick with the same old wine in a restaurant worried you many not enjoy an interesting looking yet unfamiliar wine? Join us for an evening of tutored experimentation as we visit all corners of the wine list and sample your new best discoveries along the way. £29pp including a glass of fizz on arrival, 6 samples and homemade bread to soak-up the alcohol! Duration 1½-2hrs. 8-30 guests welcome and can be tailored to suit all tastes. 
 
The Water of Life – An introduction to Whisky:
The ‘Water of Life’ was the name given to whisky by monks in the Middle Ages but this introduction to Scotland’s famous export is bang up-to-date. Enjoy a selection of whiskies from both Robert the Bruce’s homeland as well as a few curveballs from far-flung distilleries around the world. Learn how to decipher a label to give you a better understanding of what’s inside the bottle, the basics of how whisky is made, Scotland’s main regions, its fascinating history and of course why your wee dram tastes the way it does! £29pp inc beer on arrival plus 6 samples of the golden nectar! Duration 1½-2 hrs. 8-30 guests. 
 
Gin O’Clock:
Gin and tonic has become the aperitif of choice in recent years. Hundreds of new distilleries are opening every year with us Brits are now drinking over 30 million litres of the stuff every year. And it seems we just can’t get enough of this delightful juniper flavoured spirit. So why not join us for a gin masterclass and learn a little bit more about your favourite tipple! £29 including a palate-cleansing fizz on arrival and 4 totally different gins - some neat and some with a choice of tonic plus some home-made sourdough or biscuits. Duration 1 ½ - 2 hours.
 
Chef & Sommelier – Food & Drink Matching:
Contrary to popular belief, food & drink matching is not the preserve of the elite, we all do it every day! Lager & curry, coffee & chocolate, tea with fish & chips, port & cheese and even milk on your cornflakes - many food & drinks combos are perfectly matched. Enjoy a masterclass on the subject and an intricate 6-course tasting menu together with sublime drinks carefully selected & presented by our own sommelier starting with a decadent glass of Champagne. Prices start from £99pp depending on menu & accompanying drinks. 8-12 guests welcome.
 
Medieval Banquets:
Enjoy your own medieval banquet in our spectacular Banquet Hall used be kings and nobles form years gone by.  We offer costumed staff and the choice of a themed 3 course meal for £32 and five course banquet from £49.  Entertainment can also be arranged for you.  12-50 guests required.


Private dining: Cookery School/Banquet Hall
As well as our 50-seater Medieval Banquet Hall which offers medieval banquets for corporate and private functions, we also have an ornate Cookery School dining table which seats 14 and is perfect for more intimate private dining. What’s more, you’ll have your own chef to accommodate all your dining needs as well as staff to pour wine and generally pamper and take care of you! Our private dining menus are from £27.50pp.  Cookery School 8-12 people.  Banquet Hall 12-50 people.
 
Celebration cakes
Need a celebration cake to mark the occasion?  No problem Our pastry chefs make amazing cakes if you need us to organise that too!  Please give us around 2 weeks notice.

To find out how we can help you to create a memorable event email us or phone 0191 261 5945.